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County Comment: Managers Commended for Career Development / Public Works Report

County Comment
Managers Commended for Career Development / Public Works Report
by Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer

In the October 10 meeting of the Washington County Board of County Commissioners, Human Resources Director Dave Hankinson and Susan Mosher of Hagerstown Community College's (HCC) Continuing Education Division presented Letters of Recognition to Leadership Development program participants.
The program is a joint effort by the County and HCC to prepare current and future managers for expanded leadership roles.
HCC awards the Letter of Recognition when a student ha s completed 12 credit hours in a field of study. Total course requirement for the program is 18 hours.
Those who received commendations include: Kathy Kroboth and Angela Smith from the Permits and Inspections Department, Ricky Martz and Ed Plank of the Highways Department, Steve Goodrich of Planning and Community Development, John Pennesi of Buildings Grounds and Parks, Rocky Bishop, Kim Bowers, Brian Brandt and Mike Rohrer of the Department of Water Quality, Rob Slocum from Engineering, and Phil Ridenour of Hagerstown Regional Airport.
In the HCC Management discipline, the employees took Principles of Management, Finance, Business Communications, and Human Resources Management. Courses in State and Local Government and the Legal Environment of Business remain on the schedule. The managers will receive College credits for the courses taken, and other employees will be able to take the courses in the future.
HCC's Mosher said the County's program has been so successful that 1st Data Services has initiated a program modeled it.
Commissioner President Snook commended the students saying, "You are the future of our Departments."
In other business from the October 10 meeting, Deputy Director of Public Works Joe Kroboth reported on a variety of Public Works projects.
The Pavement Management program is underway in the Cascade area, and the Chestnut Grove paving project will be completed soon. The paving activities will stop in early November for the winter shut-down period, Kroboth reported.
Groundbreaking for the Boonsboro Library branch has been set for October 24. Plans for Landfill Cell #4 design will modify the drainage system to reduce cost and increase the amount of waste flow to the Cell, Kroboth said.
Flooding last June seriously damaged the footbridge over the Antietam Creek in Devil's Backbone Park, and that structure has been closed to the public since that time. Kroboth showed the Board pictures of damage to steel girders that hold up the walkway, and said that debris clogging the stone arch bridge downstream caused a back up in the park. Trees two to three feet in diameter crashed into the footbridge, Kroboth said.
As a result, the bridge must be replaced, at a cost of $100,000 to $125,000.
The project is eligible for Program Open Space funding, and a report on the damage was presented to the Recreation and Parks Board at its last meeting by Buildings, Grounds and Parks Director Jim Sterling, Commissioner Dori Nipps said.

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